Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Emerson say every man is not duplicitous for not only being partialist?

2. How will society become better, according to Emerson?

3. What is the mentality of 1844 based on, according to Emerson?

4. What philosopher did Emerson say was the beginning and end of all philosophy?

5. According to Emerson, it is the challenge of American scholars to foster and support the development of truly American ______ and ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. According to "The Lord's Supper", what does Emerson say is the purpose of the Lord's Supper in Christian ritual? What does he say should be the focus?

2. What are the two qualifications for a good gift, according to "Gifts"?

3. According to "Experience", why do most people not recognize the changes in their lives until they are looking in retrospect?

4. What two problems with communion does Emerson explain at the end of "The Lord's Supper"?

5. What does Emerson say about private enterprise in "New England Reformers"? Based on "New England Reformers", what political party is parallel to Emerson's views?

6. How was Plato's dichotomy of the body and soul relevant to Emerson's time?

7. According to "Circles", how must humans adapt to the constant state of change that exists?

8. How is each person's vocation discovered, according to "Spiritual Laws"? How is one's potential realized?

9. What does Emerson think of Plato, according to "Plato; or, the Philosopher"? What indicates this?

10. What are the differences between materialism and idealism, according to "The Transcendentalist"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of religion and faith in Emerson's writings.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of intuition in Emerson's writings.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Emerson's temperament affected his life experiences. Use his essay, "Experience", to support your claims.

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